This letter is a response to Mr. Quinn's "Disinformation" viewpoint (Sept. 17 edition), specifically the part of his letter that addresses immigrants. Mr. Quinn states that "as many as 20 million illegal immigrants" are "wandering around this country — some carrying disease, some felons — draining resources." If by "wandering around" the author means that these immigrants are processing chicken, fileting rockfish, harvesting most of our produce, milking cows, preparing meals for grandma, making beds, putting up drywall, mowing our lawns and planting Douglas fir seedlings in our muddy misty mountains, then yeah, there's a lot of immigrants wandering around America these days.
Until our decades-long broken immigration system is fixed, and until citizens with last names like Trump, Conway and Miller begin enthusiastically signing up for shifts at the sashimi plant in Newport, there's going to be a lot of immigrants wandering around this country for the foreseeable future.
That being said, I'm sure if Ms. Ivanka and Ms. Tiffany are bored, Oregon pear farmers could use a hand bringing in the harvest.
If you want to slow immigration to the United States, petition the U.S. government to end destructive trade policies that favor Latin American and U.S. corporate elites over the needs of those nations' majority poor populations. Also, if you are interested in how some of these Latin American nations became destabilized in the first place, Google search Contra Rebels and the names Efrain Rios Montt, Augusto Pinochet Rafel Trujillo, Baby Doc Duvalie and Jacobo Arbenz.